As you have probably seen in the news, COVID cases are rising. The average daily cases in Rhode Island were about 750 per day in the last week, an 80% increase from 2 weeks ago. That is equivalent to over 450 cases per week per 100,000. Please continue to follow our infection control protocols (wear a mask at all times, wash your hands and keep your distance, whenever possible). Another very effective way to keep yourself, your client and your family safe is to get your vaccine booster. The added benefit of being boosted is that you may be able to continue working after you are exposed to a COVID positive person. If you are not boosted, you are required to quarantine for at least 5 days (if a family member in your household tests positive, you are required to quarantine for 10 days after your family member is out of isolation - this could be as long as 20 days out of work).
Also, according to a new regulation from the Department of Health, if you are not up to date with your COVID 19 vaccination, YOU MUST WEAR AN N-95 MASK ON SHIFT (as long as cases are more than 50 per 100,000 in the past week, which they are now). You are considered up to date with your COVID 19 vaccination if you have all the vaccination doses and boosters available to you. This means you must be boosted unless it has been less than 5 months since your primary series of Pfizer/Moderna (2 doses) or 2 months since your J&J (one dose). If you have any questions about this new requirement from the Department of Health, please contact the engagement team. Also, if you have recently gotten your booster, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture of your booster vaccine card when you get it so we can update our records. Regarding N-95 masks, we have them available for you to pick up at any of our three offices (Warwick, Pawtucket, Hope Valley). Please note that one mask can be worn for 2-3 days.